The residential area I live in is blessed with a good spread of green lawns and trees, part of the vision of the then CEO of the developer who modeled the residential development project along a countryside living concept. It was one of the main factors which attracted us to the place although it was a little out of the way from the amenities back then; and twelve years on, the ‘green’ has matured but also shrunk appreciably due to further developments, but there is still much of it left …
The copious amount of rainfall and sunshine throughout the year in the tropics promotes its luxuriant growth, which means frequent trimming is required to keep the lawns neat and tidy. Weekends is when I notice the grass cutters presence most in the neighbourhood, either from the distant sound of their loud whirring mowers or seeing them at work. It’s a tough and humdrum job in my opinion, trimming square foot upon square foot of green lawn over and over again, and returning two weeks later to the same spot to do it all over again.
With a brush cutter mounted to the back and protective wear (i.e. face mask, shades and apron) on to shield themselves from the baking hot sun and flying grass clippings/twigs/stones, it can get uncomfortably hot and sweaty. A thankless job, but someone got to do it, and in Kuala Lumpur, this work is mostly done by foreign workers from either Bangladesh or Indonesia, earning about USD300-400 per month. They are employed by contractors who are awarded contracts by the local authorities to care for specific areas. Each area is tended to once a fortnight, usually by a team of 5-7 workers and a work supervisor.
Took these photos last Saturday morning after sending my daughter to her tuition class. Rushed back home to grab my camera when I saw this team working at a ‘nice’ location and the morning sunlight was good. Something I have been wanting to photograph and post for a while now to recognise these unsung heroes contribution to our society. Hats off to the grass cutters!
No full face shots at the grass cutters request.
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm